What first comes to mind when you think of going to the grocery store… with your kids? CHAOS! Right? You may leave there with a headache and about ten additional items you originally had no intentions in purchasing, but trust us, parents; your perseverance is paying off and benefiting your children!
The mind of a young child is in constant need of creative stimulation, which is so crucial and is developmentally beneficial in so many ways. Not only can art-making boost a child’s creative skills but it also helps them to develop other lifelong abilities such as problem solving, decision making and interpretation. It is always such a pleasure to watch children create art and experience the creative process.
Recently, the Today Show did a follow-up report to an expose that aired last fall. The report centered on a product that is marketed to parents of young children and claims to teach toddlers and infants as young as 3 months old to read.
At the Children’s Museum we overhear all kinds of questions every day. At the front desk, in the exhibits and in camps, staff and parents spend the day answering questions like, “Why is Seymour red?”, “How does pizza cook?”, “Why do people snore?” and so many more. What is important to realize as a parent or caregiver is that when children ask you 452 questions each day it is not just to drive you bonkers. They are working on developing their creativity, even though they might not know it at the time.
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